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I like to get a jump start on creating my Christmas cards. This sweet card features the fabulous Amazing Paper Grace Winter Label Motifs die set (S4-1240) that includes so many lovely images to create this wonderful wintry scene.
I cut out the label frame and embossed it with the Holly Flourish Embossing Folder (SES-046) which is part of the new Christmas flourish collection. It's popped up with foam tape to layer the wintry scene below the opening. I thought this sweet scene would be perfect for Christmas, so added this sentiment from the Silent Night Make a Scene die set (S5-462). The snow drifts and smaller building in the scene are also from this set.
Be sure to scroll down through the tips and techniques section below for close-ups and all the details on how to create this card including how I created the sparking snow drifts and shimmering holly berries.
Thank you Amazing Paper Grace for providing the dies used in this project.
Tips and Techniques
Here's a close-up of the wintry scene. The Winter Label Motifs (S4-1240) set includes the large house, trees, fence, snowflakes, label frame, and holly leaves, and berries.
The snowflakes are cut from shimmer paper for just a hint of sparkle. Three snowdrifts are cut from white glitter paper that really sparkles and shines in the light. I've also used this paper for the snow cover building roofs. The smaller building is from the Silent Night Make a Scene set. I enlarged the window openings with a couple snips from my scissors so that the window frames from the Winter Label Motifs set would fit to add cohesiveness. There is no roof die for this smaller home, so I hand cut the snow. It's a right angle, so I just cut a corner off the paper and trimmed the inside edges to fit.
The trees are cut from two different green patterned papers and offset to layer them to look like a forest of pines surrounding the homes. The fence is also cut from a wood grain patterned paper. I thought this blue patterned paper looked like a wintry sky, so used it for the background.
The holly leaves and branches are included in the Winter Label Motifs set and are cut from the same darker green paper used for the trees. They are inked with Forest Moss Distress ink, then with a little Ground Espresso for a vintage feel and to give definition.
The berries, label frame and chimneys are all cut from the same red patterned paper. The berries are edged with Ground espresso then to add sparkle, they're brushed with a clear Wink of Stella brush.
The frame is die cut from a cream patterned paper with the outside edges measuring 4" by 5 1/4". I cut the paper to size first, then die cut the center using the smallest of the label frame dies, then I ran it through the Holly Flourish Embossing Folder to add texture. Frayed Burlap Distress Ink is applied around the edges, then with a foam applicator, I rubbed lightly over the raised embossing to highlight the texture and add to the vintage feel I was looking for. The label frame is cut from red patterned paper and adhered around the opening.
An outer frame is added by cutting a piece of the red patterned paper to 4 1/4" by 5 1/2 inches. The blue sky paper is cut to about 3 1/2" by 4 3/4" and adhered to the center of the red paper. The dimensions for the sky paper aren't that important. It just needs to be larger than the label opening and smaller than the embossed piece.
The embossed frame piece is adhered using 1/4" foam tape around the outside edges.
***Tip*** I adhered the foam tape directly to the the back of the embossed frame, then applied clear glue (Beacon Fabri-Tac) to top the foam tape, so when I set the embossed frame onto the red base, I can adjust it so that it's perfectly centered and the wet glue will set in a few minutes to continue working. Just make sure to adhere the blue sky piece before adding the embossed frame.
The Christmas sentiment is cut from the same green used for the foliage.
The scene was created after the embossed label frame was in place. I just used tweezers to help place everything. Because the frame is adhered on the outside edges, it gave me room to tuck the pieces in place since the inside edges were not adhered.
After creating the scene, I added the holly and sentiment around the outside.
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